If you’re here, it’s likely because you’re a big Disney or Universal Orlando fan.
There are a lot of things we love about these Orlando theme parks (obviously, that’s why we’re there every day and do those fun challenges!), but not everyone agrees. Recently, USAToday 10Best asked theme park fans to vote on the 10 best theme parks in the United States, and you may be surprised to know where Disney and Universal ended up.
According to the readers who voted in this poll, SeaWorld Orlando landed number three on the top 10 best theme parks in the United States! Shocked? You’re not alone.
Part of what caused SeaWorld to gain the favor of so many is their high-thrill rides like Manta and Mako (if you’re visiting soon, Mako is currently closed for refurbishment and is set to open in a few weeks). In addition to the thrills, younger guests can also walk down Sesame Street and meet their favorite characters.
The number one park according to the poll is Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri thanks to its “combination of entertainment, festivals, 100 resident craftsmen, and more than 40 rides and attractions.” So where do Disney and Universal end up on this list? Well…nowhere.
That’s right, none of Disney or Universal’s parks made the top 10 on this list. Here is the full ranking from USA Today:
8. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
7. Busch Gardens Williamsburg
4. Cedar Point
3. SeaWorld Orlando
2. Kings Island
1. Silver Dollar City
Some may be very surprised by this, especially with how busy the Disney and Universal parks seem to be, but as prices for both continue to climb, a vacation to either is simply not in a lot of many visitors’ budgets. This was also the case for this list last year — read all about last year’s list here.
In addition, many families may choose to take one smaller vacation every year to one of the Top 10 parks rather than save up for years for one Universal or Disney vacation. However, it’s unclear how big the pool of voters was, or who the amusement park and family travel experts were that put together the list of 20 parks that the public voted on, so its entirely possible many Disney and Universal fans or travel experts weren’t included in this poll.
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Where would you have put Disney or Universal on this list? Tell us in the comments!